a short film by Florian Fischer and Johannes Krell
The film UMBRA is dedicated to the usual as well as the rare optical phenomena that occur in nature. These phenomena produce familiar images such as shadows or reflections on the surface of the water. However, it even makes unusual phenomena like the so-called “Brocken spectre” or the pinhole effect during a solar eclipse. These ancient and natural projections can be regarded as images independent of culture and apparatus that were already present before human evolution. They are all united by their elusive, fleeting presence. In their immateriality and fragility, they are precursors of the cinematic image. A visual dialogue arises between phenomenon and apparatus, archetype and image, self and self-perception.